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  • Monday, February 06, 2006

    The Danish newspaper with a history

    It seems that the the Danish newspaper responsible for publishing the original Mohammed cartoons has some questions to answer. I said just a few days ago that I believed the cartoons were originally published in a manner meant to cause offence, and that it would become a tool for the rabid right wingers to use in order to continue with their hate filled rhetoric against Muslims. Our friend, exoplanet, over at Deficient Brain has news that in 2003 the Jyllands-Posten newspaper refused to publish cartoons depicting Jesus:

    In April 2003, Danish illustrator Christoffer Zieler submitted a series of unsolicited cartoons dealing with the resurrection of Christ to Jyllands-Posten. Zieler received an email back from the paper's Sunday editor, Jens Kaiser, which said: "I don't think Jyllands-Posten's readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them."
    Back in 2001, the far right party, the DPP took out an advert in the paper which contained a list of almost 5000 immigrants to the country. From the BBC:
    Denmark has been plagued in recent years by the right-wing's attempt to curry the favour of the electorate by drumming up an anti-immigration, anti-asylum seeker sentiment, particularly against Muslims.
    It seems from all available evidence that those responsible for the publication of the Mohammed cartoons were making a deliberate attempt to provoke a strong reaction, and cause offence. As I said some days ago, the people who were quickest to jump onto the so called "free speech" argument bandwagon were the rabid right wingers who quickly seized their opportunity to have another bash at Muslims. It should be easy for anyone to see now why the paper published those cartoons, and for what purposes. Unfortunately, quite clearly, the intended aim has been achieved. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 2/10/2006 12:08:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Also see http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1703501,00.html


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